Bangladesh Shipping Minister visits SLPA:
B’desh confident of using Sri Lanka as hub port in SA
A special delegation from the People’s Republic of Bangladesh headed
by Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan arrived in Sri Lanka and made an
exclusive visit at the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) last week.
People’s Republic of Bangladesh Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan
having discussions with SLPA Chairman - Dr. Priyath B. Wickrama.
SLPA Managing Director Capt.Nihal Keppetipola, Additional
Managing Director. Norman Weerarathne, Marketing and Business
Development Chief Manager Upul Jayatissa and the members of the
Bangladesh delegation look on.
Following fruitful discussions with SLPA Chairman Dr Priyath B.
Wickrama, Bangladesh Shipping Minister expressed confidence of
strengthening ties between the two countries to use Sri Lanka as the
maritime hub in South Asia to make viable and the most economic maritime
activities from Bangladesh. The Minister also expressed that maritime
transactions with Sri Lanka always stand cost effective and economically
viable to the volumes handled in Bangladesh.
The discussions were followed by a presentation of SLPA conducted by
SLPA Managing Director Capt. Nihal Keppetipola.
Out of the total annual volume of 1.3 million TEUs handled at
Chittagong Port in Bangladesh, 23 percent (nearly 300,000TEUs) is
handled via Port of Colombo.
The Bangladesh delegation headed by its Shipping Minister Shajahan
Khan also included Private Secretary to the Shipping Minister Sohrab
Hossain Sheikh, Shipping Ministry Joint Secretary (Commercial) Abdul
Quddus, in Bangladesh Foreign Affairs Ministry, Assistant Secretary
Minister Istiaque U. Ahmed, Chittagong Port Terminal Operator Ruhul Amin
Tarofdar and Chittagong Port Berth Operator Shahadat Hossain.
SLPA Additional Managing Director Norman Weerarathne, Marketing and
Business Development Chief Manager Upul Jayatissa and Communication and
Public Relations Deputy Chief Manager Nalin Aponso were also present at
The delegation also visited Magam Ruhunupura Mahinda Rajapaksa Port